40 U.S. Code § 15301. Establishment, membership, and employees
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(a)Establishment.—There are established the following regional Commissions:
The Southeast Crescent Regional Commission.
The Southwest Border Regional Commission.
The Northern Border Regional Commission.
(1)Federal and state members.—Each Commission shall be composed of the following members:
A Federal Cochairperson, to be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(A)Alternate federal cochairperson.—
The President shall appoint an alternate Federal Cochairperson for each Commission. The alternate Federal Cochairperson, when not actively serving as an alternate for the Federal Cochairperson, shall perform such functions and duties as are delegated by the Federal Cochairperson.
The State member of a participating State may have a single alternate, who shall be appointed by the Governor of the State from among the members of the Governor’s cabinet or personal staff.
(3)Cochairpersons.—A Commission shall be headed by—
the Federal Cochairperson, who shall serve as a liaison between the Federal Government and the Commission; and
a State Cochairperson, who shall be a Governor of a participating State in the region and shall be elected by the State members for a term of not less than 1 year.
Each Federal Cochairperson shall be compensated by the Federal Government at level III of the Executive Schedule as set out in section 5314 of title 5.
(2)Alternate federal cochairpersons.—
Each Federal Cochairperson’s alternate shall be compensated by the Federal Government at level V of the Executive Schedule as set out in section 5316 of title 5.
(d)Executive Director and Staff.—
A Commission shall appoint and fix the compensation of an executive director and such other personnel as are necessary to enable the Commission to carry out its duties. Compensation under this paragraph may not exceed the maximum rate of basic pay established for the Senior Executive Service under section 5382 of title 5, including any applicable locality-based comparability payment that may be authorized under section 5304(h)(2)(C) of that title.
(e)No Federal Employee Status.—
Subject to the time limitations under section 3346 of title 5, the Federal Cochairperson may designate a Federal employee of the Commission to perform the functions and duties of the office of the Federal Cochairperson temporarily in an acting capacity if both the Federal Cochairperson and the alternate Federal Cochairperson die, resign, or otherwise are unable to perform the functions and duties of their offices.
2018—Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 115–334 added subsec. (f).